Rae Lakes Loop vs. Evolution Valley out and back
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K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
Rae Lakes Loop vs. Evolution Valley out and back on 07/22/2012 22:15:41 MDT Print View

I am pondering my options- Florence Lake to Evolution Valley out and back vs. Rae Lakes loop. I have been all over the Sierra, been to Evolution Valley 2x, never done the Rae Lakes loop but have been up Bubbs. Is Rae Lakes mind blowing or should I stick to my bread and butter? I'll be going for 4 days 3 nights.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Rae Lakes Loop vs. Evolution Valley out and back on 07/22/2012 23:00:08 MDT Print View

Four days is about right for the Rae Lakes Loop. Instead of going up Bubbs Creek, you could go the opposite direction so that you are coming down Bubbs Creek. Everybody needs to visit there once.

--B.G.--

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Rae lakes on 07/23/2012 03:17:55 MDT Print View

Bob is right. I think everyone should see Rae lakes at least once. It was certainly mind blowing for me.

Kent C.
(kent) - M

Locale: High Sierra
Rae Lakes Loop vs. Evolution Valley out and back on 07/23/2012 03:22:12 MDT Print View

Third time or first time...I'd suggest Rae Lks. Loop.

Rae Lakes might not blow your mind, but Dollar Lk. might. I think it's one of the most beautiful spots in all the Sierra. (Then again, I saw it in a high-water year; YMMV.)

Go for something new :-)

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Fish? Go Rae Lakes loop on 07/23/2012 06:31:02 MDT Print View

If you fish, ya gotta stay at Rae Lakes, unless you expect to catch big fish. So many fish there, keep some for at least one meal to thin them out. I looped around thru 60 Lakes Basin, so I missed part of the trail after camping a night at Woods Creek Jct. by the suspension bridge.
Duane

George Davis
(nsiderbam) - F

Locale: mid-Atlantic
Rae Lakes? on 07/23/2012 10:14:53 MDT Print View

I'm roadtripping this summer and have to drive up from home (Las Vegas) to Washington state to pick up my girlfriend before heading back to school in Maryland. I was looking for a short (2 or 3 day) loop trip that I could do by myself on my way up to Washington and came across the Rae Lakes Loop. Would you guys recommend it? I couldn't find too much info on it.

edit: Do you need a permit for this trail? If so, is it so popular that I couldn't show up on the day of (there's really only 1 or 2 days that I could feasibly start this trip on) and get one?

edit2: nvm, found the info.

Edited by nsiderbam on 07/23/2012 10:32:15 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Rae Lakes? on 07/23/2012 11:53:56 MDT Print View

I will not say that it is impossible to do it in 2 or 3 days, but I don't think that you would want to. Last time I was there, it was 3.5 days.

Permit? Yes, of course. Permits can be had at the Roads End permit station. However, it is a very popular route, and there is a lot of competition for the quota. So, permit reservations can be had, or else show up very early and be prepared to battle off the others standing in line for a walk-in permit.

--B.G.--

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Rae Lakes from Vegas on 07/23/2012 13:39:11 MDT Print View

A potentially easier options if you are coming from Vegas is to head over Kearsarge Pass to get onto the Loop. It is a nice area and possibly much faster than going all the way to Roads end. It adds a couple of miles but they are nice miles. As far as whether it can be done in 2-3 days, sure, there are many that run/hike it in a day. But can you do it in 2-3 days. Only you can answer that. Being lightweight and in good shape will certainly help your cause. If you go in from Kearsarge the permit is obtained I believe through Inyo NF. There is a permit station in the Lone Pine area. Also, you will need a canister to stay legal and there are rangers that check in that area.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Rae Lakes Loop vs Evolution Valley out and back on 07/23/2012 18:10:40 MDT Print View

Since I work on the east side, I take 395 down to Independence. When I did it going clockwise over Kearsarge, a father and son did the loop out of Roads End in two nights. I met them the first night at Vidette Meadow area and the morning they left by Upper Paradise CG, they came up from Road's End for their first night, second Woods Creek. It can be done, the dad was retired, early 60's or so, son early 30's maybe.
Duane

Randall Spratt
(genreviam)

Locale: Minnesota
Rae Lakes Loop vs. Evolution Valley out and back on 07/23/2012 21:23:26 MDT Print View

I have done the Loop 3 times, and Florence to Evolution Valley once. Evolution Valley is beautiful, but the Loop is a must see. Here is a link to my 2009 Rae Lakes Loop trip journal and pics.

4 Days is perfect. It can be done in less, but why rush? Each time I promise myself I will spend a day at Rae Lakes to just soak in the beauty.

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
Thanks for the input on 07/24/2012 01:12:37 MDT Print View

I have a permit for Rae Lakes loop counterclockwise, I'll give it a go thanks to the input. I need to give my myog a run through the ringer. Sounds like a solid hike, I'll post a UL trip report, I'm at about 5lbs base right now without a bear can. Time to train.

KC

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Thanks for the input on 07/24/2012 01:25:58 MDT Print View

"I'm at about 5lbs base right now without a bear can."

How much with a bear can, since they are required?

--B.G.--

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: Rae Lakes from Vegas on 07/24/2012 07:48:53 MDT Print View

doing Rae Lakes Loop from the Eastside out of Onion Valley and over Kearsarge Pass adds 10 miles and a bit over 4,000' of elevation gain to the trip.

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
RE: on 07/24/2012 09:35:21 MDT Print View

"How much with a bear can, since they are required?"

I may use a BV 450 or rent a Bearikade scout at roads end if they have one, this will put me at 7-7.5 lb base weight.